Research course

International Affairs

University of Buckingham · School of Humanities
MA by research

Entry requirements

The minimum entry level required for this course is as follows: - a first or second-class honours degree from a recognised university or, - a recognised professional qualification with relevant work experience

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in International Affairs (by research) gives students the opportunity of working on a dissertation in any aspect of this broad field under the guidance of an expert supervisor. As with other London-based programmes, students will attend seminars followed by dinner given by leading academic authorities and practitioners in the field, including Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary, Jung Chang, author of best-selling books on China, Baroness Cathy Ashton, first EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Bridget Kendall, BBC Diplomatic Correspondent.

The programme is London-based and directed by Professor David Armstrong, Professor of Global Politics at Buckingham. The 2016-17 programme runs from October 2016 to September 2017, with thirteen research seminars – two on research techniques (4 and 5 October) and ten by guest lecturers, including some of the leading scholars in the field and some very eminent practitioners.

All sessions will be held at the Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall, and will be followed by dinner, except for the research techniques seminars. The research techniques sessions commence at 18:45 and finish at 20:15. The remaining sessions start at 18:45 and finish at 22:00.

Information for international students

Buckingham is a truly global community with students of all ages and cultures: over 90 countries are represented. It is a place to establish lasting networks, both professionally and socially. Our alumni networks operate successfully all over the world and we encourage them to stay in touch with us.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Claire Prendergast
+44 (0)1280 820204
+44 (0)1280 820151